Dating back to the 1500s, The Greyfriar has been the village pub in Chawton since the time of the Spanish Armada.
This Hampshire pub is found directly opposite the former home of world-famous author Jane Austen, which is now a museum, so it's a perfect destination for a day out.
Both family and dog-friendly, The Greyfriar offers innovative, flavour-packed dishes and a wide range of beverages - including a delicious selection of craft gins.
Steeped in history, The Greyfriar is the epitome of everything you could want from a country pub.
Inside, it's all exposed beams and brickwork interiors, while outside there is a lovely secluded garden with extensive seating. Offering perfectly-prepared pub classics, using local ingredients, this is traditional British fare at its best.
They love to use local suppliers and producers whenever possible too. Meat comes from Mark Turners and Daughters in Aldershot and Soles Butchers of Arlesford; cheese from Winchester's The Cheese Stall; ice cream from Blackburn and Haynes at Meadow Cottage Farm near Bordon; bread from The Christmas Bakery in Worplesdon; and, finally, in a nod to their London roots, coffee from Borough Market's Gentlemen Baristas Union (it's bloody marvellous stuff, they tell us).
To complement their excellent a la carte and 'Martha and Jane’s set lunch' menus, hosts Simon and Norma will be drawing on their many years working at the top of the hospitality industry and their love of international cuisine in 2018.
For their 'An evening with…' nights, they have lined up a series of top guest chefs to bring a taste of fine dining to Chawton, including Fernando Stovell from Stovell's, Lawrence Keogh, Anirudh Arora from Hankies, Bradley Walford and Tom Haste from The Lady Ottoline. There will also be a series of 'Introducing…' events that will feature up-and-coming chefs.
You'll find more about their upcoming events, whether foodie or musical, on The Greyfriar's website.
Local Food Hampshire says
There's nothing quite like a historic country pub serving traditional British fare - and it doesn't get much better than The Greyfriar. Surrounded by beautiful Hampshire countryside, the area is particularly famed for its links to Jane Austen, so this is a real destination pub too. What is more, the hostelry has recently introduced a new lunch menu inspired by the recipe collection of Martha Lloyd, a close personal friend of the author, and in fact her original book of recipes can still be found in the neighbouring museum.
In summary, this is the perfect place for both literature-lovers and fans of good pubs alike.
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